Lawyer's crash fuels bicycling debate

Published: Jan. 29, 2015 at 3:21 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 15, 2015 at 2:47 AM EDT
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Darryl Isaacs is continuing to recover after being hit by a vehicle. (Source: 840 WHAS)
Darryl Isaacs is continuing to recover after being hit by a vehicle. (Source: 840 WHAS)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - He's one of Louisville's most recognized attorneys. Darryl Isaacs, also known as "The Hammer," is still in the hospital after he was hit by a vehicle while riding his bike on River Road.

Isaacs told police he was stopped at the intersection of Indian Hills Trail with his left hand out signaling a turn when he heard a car behind him. He looked over his shoulder and was hit around 4:55 p.m. on Jan. 19.

According to a police report, Isaacs was hit by a 20-year-old man who had just left work and was driving down River Road. The driver told police he was blinded by the sun's glare when he hit a man riding his bike.

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Isaacs, a personal injury lawyer, is now in the hospital trying to recover.

This latest crash is reinvigorating an on-going debate.

"It's a tough road, and it's a dangerous road," Louisville Metro Council Member, Kelly Downard said Wednesday.

There are no bike lanes where the crash happened, and it's a two-way road.

Downard said he pictures families riding their bikes there and worries about their safety. He is now trying to come up with an alternative route to connect the Louisville Loop.

"Everyone assumed River Road would be the route, but it's not safe," Downard said.

Tuesday evening, there was a packed meeting to hear the plan for the loop.

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"We really don't know how to solve this problem and be able to do this last portion of the loop," Louisville Metro Parks Director Mike Heights told the crowd.

The President of Bicycling for Louisville, Chris Glasser, said he is for an off-road, separate area for bicyclists. While experienced bikers may be able to navigate this stretch, he said others may not have the knowhow needed to stay safe.

In the meantime, Louisville Metro Parks will host more public meetings to give residents an opportunity to provide input on the plan. For more information, click here.

Wednesday Isaacs was in fair condition, according to KentuckyOne Health.

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